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Sir Simon Rattle & London Symphony Orchestra – Haydn: An Imaginary Orchestral Journey (2018) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.82MHz + FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Simon Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra – Haydn: An Imaginary Orchestral Journey (2018)
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Sir Simon Rattle pays homage to a composer he holds close to his heart with An Imaginary Orchestral Journey through the music of Joseph Haydn. Rattle trawls through the great composer’s impressive catalogue, piecing together excerpts from symphonies, oratorios and operas spanning a 40-year period in what the director describes as ‘a kind of greatest hits’ format.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Murray Perahia and Simon Rattle with Schumann’s Piano Concerto 2012 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

“The soul of a poet, the mind of a thinker, the hands of a virtuoso,” was how an American critic succinctly and accurately described the qualities of Murray Perahia. As the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Pianist in Residence for the 2011/2012 season, he appeared regularly in solo and chamber concerts in Berlin. An outstanding event of this partnership was Perahia’s guest appearance at this orchestral concert in which he performed Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto together with Sir Simon Rattle.

Perahia’s rank as one of the great poets among the pianists of our time is impressively revealed in this work, where melodic playing, gentle story-telling and Romantic rhapsodising are in the foreground, rather than the traditional contrast of clearly contoured themes. Schumann’s Nachtlied for choir and orchestra inhabits a similar world of expression – and in contrast to the popular piano concerto, this piece is a real discovery, full of drama and transcendency.

The concert’s more recent works also have a nocturnal hue. E vó und O King by Luciano Berio are subdued laments; in the first piece, a lullaby is sung to a murdered child, and in the latter, Berio mourns the assassination of Martin Luther King. The concert closes with Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem. Infused with delicate melancholy, it culminates in a sunny vision of paradise – and the promise that even the darkest night is always followed by the dawn.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Mozart’s “Magic Flute” from Baden-Baden 2013 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Outstanding singers, star director Robert Carsen, and the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle: It was in every respect a memorable performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute with which the Berliner Philharmoniker opened their Easter Festival in Baden-Baden in March 2013.

The Canadian Robert Carsen has directed productions for almost every major opera house. He is fascinated by the complexities in the Magic Flute: “It is completely designed around opposites. Day and night, love and hate, man and woman, the hero Tamino and the simple Papageno.” Musically, too, the Magic Flute has an infinite variety – and given the immense popularity of the opera, this wealth is often overlooked. Sir Simon Rattle says: “Let’s not forget what a raging masterpiece the Magic Flute is, and how different it was from anything anybody had done before – even Mozart.”

The Financial Times spoke of a “top-drawer cast”: “Pavol Breslik is all you could wish for in a Tamino, Michael Nagy’s Papageno is charismatic and lithe, Kate Royal gives Pamina subtle complexity as well as grace.” Then there is the added attraction of a special première: the orchestra had never performed the opera live and in its entirety before. Only three studio recordings – under Sir Thomas Beecham in the 30s, Karl Böhm in the 60s, and Herbert von Karajan in the 80s – were previously released. A grand tradition which is continued with this recording.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Simon Rattle conducts Messiaen’s “Turangalîla-Symphonie 2008 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Hardly any other composer combines as many contradicting elements in his works as Olivier Messiaen. Inertia and dynamic force, deep piety and passionate sensuality, highly complex rhythmic structures and exuberant melodies, esoteric design principles and tremendous popular appeal are juxtaposed in his music. Messiaen is thus regarded as the most important French composer between Claude Debussy and Pierre Boulez, who studied with him.

The Turangalîla-Symphonie, the premiere of which was conducted by Leonard Bernstein in Boston in 1948, is Messiaen’s best-known work and features an ensemble typical of him. The large, dazzling symphony orchestra is augmented by an often percussive piano and the distinctively iridescent sounds of the ondes Martenot, one of the first electronic musical instruments.

The symphony, whose title comes from ancient Indian Sanskrit, comprises ten movements connected by recurring themes and depicts Messiaen’s exploration of a love that exceeds all earthly limits and leads to death. It is the central instrumental work of the composer’s Tristan trilogy and is framed by two vocal works. In this concert from September 2008 Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker prefaced the work with the orchestral version of the Prelude and Liebestod from Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde. The concert took place during the Berlin Musikfest, which devoted one of its programmatic focusses to Messiaen, marking the 100th anniversary of his birth.

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London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Simon Rattle – Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Simon Rattle – Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 (2019)
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Bruckner’s Symphony No.6 is one of the most original of all the composer’s symphonic works. Its contrasting mood and overarching theme moving from darkness to light can be haunting one moment and ecstatic the next, culminating in one of the most enigmatic symphonic conclusions of the 19th century. For this recording, Sir Simon Rattle chose the Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs Urtext edition of the score, having conducted the UK premiere of the new publication with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in 2016.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Memorial concert for Claudio Abbado with Simon Rattle and Frank Peter Zimmermann 2014 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

In this concert from May 2014, the Berliner Philharmoniker remember their former chief conductor Claudio Abbado who died 4 months earlier on 20 January. In remembrance of this sad loss, Frank Peter Zimmermann plays Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Violin Concerto in G major without conductor. In the second part of the concert, Sir Simon Rattle performs Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7.

The Berliner Philharmoniker’s statement on the death of Claudio Abbado: “The Berliner Philharmoniker mourn the loss of an extraordinary musician and man: His love of music and his insatiable curiosity were an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the musicians of the orchestra and shaped our work together ever since his first concerts with the orchestra in 1966. The Berliner Philharmoniker are proud to be able to include him among their chief conductors and to be a part of his musical heritage. His death is an infinitely heavy loss for all musicians. The Berliner Philharmoniker bow before Claudio Abbado in deep love and gratitude, and dedicate this concert to his memory.”

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Simon Rattle conducts excerpts from Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung” 2009 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

It was an enormous opera project: the production of Richard Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle in Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence from 2006 to 2009. Shortly before the conclusion of the cycle with Götterdämmerung listeners had the opportunity to experience highlights of the opera in a concert performance: the powerful orchestral outbursts in Siegfried’s Rhine Journey and Funeral March, the moving moment in which the Valkyrie Waltraute implores her sister Brünnhilde to give up the accursed ring and its promise of world domination, and finally, Brünnhilde’s closing scene, which begins as a global conflagration that destroys everything until the orchestral epilogue arouses the hope of a better and more humane future. Appearing as Brünnhilde in the Philharmonie was the Swedish soprano Katarina Dalayman, who, in addition to Aix and Salzburg, also sang the role at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

The concert began with a premiere by the GDR-born composer Siegfried Matthus, whose works have been performed in programmes of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1980. His sophisticated, striking Concerto for Five, in which Philharmoniker principals Andreas Blau, Radek Baborák, Wenzel Fuchs, Albrecht Mayer and Stefan Schweigert gave brilliant performances, opened with a virtuosic percussion cameo by Simon Rattle as the sixth soloist: a humorous interlude which the composer himself devised, reminding listeners that Sir Simon not only had professional training as a conductor but also as a percussionist.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – “Swing Symphony” with Simon Rattle and Wynton Marsalis 2010 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

At the 1983 Grammy Awards, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis was honoured both as a jazz and a classical musician, something unique at that time. An outstanding ability in both genres has been his trademark to this day, as can be heard to great effect in this concert in which, together with his band, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, he premieres his Swing Symphony with the Philharmoniker conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. 

Commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, this composition is Marsalis’s third symphonic work. With this piece his intention was no less than to trace the long and rich history of jazz. Just how spectacularly he succeeded could be read in the Hamburger Abendblatt: “Fast and furious bebop phrases delivered faultlessly by the violins; tricky brass passages with perfect timing and no stiffness: a lot of first-class musicians had a load of fun with this and each other.” This concert performance was followed by yet another exciting interpretation as part of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Education Programme which is also available in the Digital Concert Hall.

There is, on the other hand, a premiere in this recording with Simon Rattle’s interpretation of Stravinsky’s ballet music Petrushka. Together with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Rattle has often performed other scores by the composer – Le Sacre du printemps in particular – and this with tremendous success. This concert was the first time they played this work together, the story of the ill-starred Petrushka who first loses the object of his affection and then his life at a Russian Shrovetide fair.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Lisa Batiashvili and Simon Rattle at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden 2017 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Antonín Dvořák’s eternally youthful Slavonic Dances represent a charming constant in the work of the Berliner Philharmoniker together with their chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle. A selection also opens this orchestral concert at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden. Dvořák’s dances, published in two parts, are unmistakably linked to the no less popular Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms.

The genesis of the second Dvořák work in the programme also has a connection to the German composer: Like Brahms’s Violin Concerto, Dvořák’s sole contribution to the genre, written almost at the same time as Brahms’s, also benefited from the expert advice of the violinist of the century, Joseph Joachim. Dvořák even allowed himself to be inspired to make several significant changes to his original concept. The result is an irresistible masterpiece, both in its lyrical and its lively, folklore passages. The soloist is the Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili who has performed together with the Berliner Philharmoniker for a number of years.

Although the musical language of Dvořák seems little to resemble that of Bartók, both composers nevertheless succeeded in merging aspects of the Western European music tradition with the idiom of their home countries in an original way. In exile in America in 1944, and under the shadow of homesickness, financial worries and serious illness, Bartók created a classic of Modernism with his defiantly courageous Concerto for Orchestra in which the members of the orchestra have the opportunity to demonstrate their virtuosity in numerous solo passages.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars 2017 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Ligeti had a good sense of humour. This is shown not only in his famous Poème symphonique for 100 metronomes, but also in his lunatic opera Le Grand Macabre, which Sir Simon Rattle programmed for the 2016/2017 season: the work, based on the play La Balade du Grand Macabre by the Belgian playwright Michel de Ghelderode, is a grotesque parable about war, enriched with elements from the theatre of the absurd, the mediaeval dance of death and a wild carnival. “In Grand Macabre I turned death upside down,” Ghelderode said in an interview in 1956. “I made him into a comical character. That was my revenge, and that was also the revenge that life took on him.” Ligeti, who himself experienced the horrors of war and several times barely escaped death (“By chance I survived”), said in regards to the driving forces behind his opera: “It is the fear of death, the apotheosis of the fear and overcoming the fear through comedy, through humour, through the grotesque.“

The play is set in the fictional city of Breughelland, a totalitarian and completely run-down banana republic, in which such illustrious figures wreak havoc as the cake-loving Prince Go-Go, Mescalina, the wife of the court astrologer Astradamor, who keeps giant spiders, Gepopo, chief of the Secret Political Police, and Nekrotzar, the “Great Macabre”, a more than dubious character. After Nekrotzar announces the end of the world due to a comet colliding with the earth, everyone panics: while the people beg for mercy, Go-Go, Nekrotzar and the other courtiers drink themselves into a stupor so that in their state of intoxication they miss the end of the world. On the next morning, they are all lively (though with a heavy hangover) – all of them except the “Great Macabre” who asserted that he is death incarnate. “If he were death himself,” said Ligeti, “then death is now dead, eternal life has begun and earth is at one with heaven: the Last Judgement has taken place. Should he however merely have been a conceited charlatan and a dark and false messiah and his mission merely words, life will continue as normal – one day everyone will die, but not today, not immediately.”

As in the previous season with Pelléas et Mélisande, Peter Sellars transforms the Philharmonie into a theatre with his staging of Le Grand Macabre. And you can be sure that something surprising occurs to him with this material. You can experience as soloists British bass-baritone Christopher Purves as Nekrotzar and countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo as Prince Go-Go, about whom the New York Post attested “quirky comic timing”.

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